What’s the big idea? Twenty-five gifts under $25

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They say it is not the gift, but the sentiment that counts. Lucky for you, these thoughtful gifts are both at once.

Here are over two dozen cool gifts, each $25 or less:

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Top row, L to R:

Choose your own (oil and balsamic) adventure. Have a favorite olive oil and balsamic vinegar combination? Choosing a gift for the foodie who has (almost) everything? We have many varieties of premium (olive, walnut, sesame, pumpkin seed…) oils and balsamic vinegars available in 150ml or 375ml bottles for under $25 each.

In a cellophane wrapper, tied with a bow, the Spicy Nuts Kit ($12.50) contains all the spices you need for many batches of spicy, savory, and sweet snacks — just add nuts!

SwissMar_Bolet_Chocolate_Beechwood_SP_millOnly 4.75″ tall, the SwissMar Bolet spice mill (this one in dark Chocolate Beechwood, $22) includes a ceramic grinder. It’s harder than steel, odorless, and rust and corrosion proof with a 10 year warranty. Multi-purpose mill can be used to grind pepper, salt, dry herbs or dry spices. Available with a pepper (P) or salt (S) topper.

We think of the Extract-ly What You Need gift box ($18) as exactly (extractly?) that: a “starter set” of our three most popular extracts, Bourbon Island Vanilla Extract, Almond Extract, and Lemon Extract. Great for stocking a basic pantry, or an excellent gift for the baker who loves the highest-quality ingredients.

Extract-ly_What_You_NeedEat ’em up, yum. We all know that we should be eating more fish and seafood, that it is high in protein and Omega-3’s, and low in the kinds of fats and cholesterols that aren’t so good for us. But if you need a little help to get started cooking and enjoying these healthful foods — or if you are looking for some fresh new ways to enjoy old favorites — try our Splash Boxed Gift Set ($20).

Have a student in your life who’s just moved away to college? Got a twenty-something on your gift-giving list who’s setting up housekeeping in their first “real” place of their own? Chomp and Circumstance ($24) is geared to the needs of these young adults – six flavorful seasoning blends, each with handy instructions right on the lid.

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Holiday_Cupcakes_and_Cookies_bookMaking homemade treats to give this season? The hardcover Holiday Cupcakes and Cookies book ($16.95) is a a present you should give yourself. Going beyond the traditional gingerbread men and sugar cookie routine, this book has beautiful, decadent treats like Coconut Snowball cupcakes, and Salted Caramel and Toffee cupcakes, and something called Lacy Brandy Snaps. Okay, now I’m officially hungry.

Healthy food. It tastes so good. A vegetarian’s dream, the Veg Out! gift box ($22) was created for transforming your vegetable side dish into a main feature. This set of six of our most vibrantly-flavored blends spices up your vegetable recipes, whether you’re roasting, baking, grilling, or frying them, or tossing them in a big salad.

Toot-toot. Beep-beep. Looking for some hot stuff, Baby, tonight? Hellraising Hot Sauce ($7 each) is a great stocking-stuffer for the folks who like everything with a dash of heat. Comes in three varieties: Green Fever, Sweet Suffering, and Triple Inferno.

For your sweetie: Sharing its name with the fantastic 1975 song by Rufus with Chaka Khan, the Sweet Things gift set ($19) has four premium ingredients for your most decadent [and easy] treat-making: Caramel Sugar, Cinnamon Sugar, Nonpareils Sugar, and Vanilla Sugar.

C is for cookie. That’s good enough for me. Blue-Ribbon winner at the 2014 Iowa State Fair, the Spiced Rosemary Chocolate Chip Cookie (kit with recipe, $12.50) is for the cookie lover who thinks they’ve tried every kind of cookie under the sun. (Spoiler alert: they haven’t.) A fun gift to bake and give, and a fun kit for your favorite Cookie Monsters.

E-I-E-I-O. Just like Old MacDonald’s quintessential barnyard, the six spice blends in the Barnyard collection from Allspice ($24) runs the gamut from chickens and other poultry to cows and pigs. A terrific gift of fresh ideas and flavors for the experienced chef — the Barnyard also gives the novice cook some “secret weapons” for creating delicious main dishes with ease.

Gluten-free_recipes_bookOne of our most popular books this holiday season, the Gluten-Free Recipes cookbook ($19.95) is from “the easy kitchen” collection and is filled with recipes for meals that the whole family can enjoy together.  In addition to some background on embarking on a gluten-free diet, the recipes range from familiar everyday dishes and desserts to exotic dinners like Lentil Moussaka or Potato and Polenta Pizza.

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Third row, L to R:

SwissMar_Nutmeg_MillNothing compares2 nutmeg. The smell and taste of fresh-ground nutmeg on baked goods and hot beverages is beyond compare. This cute little clear mill is the SwissMar nutmeg grinder ($15) boasts a sharp stainless steel blade and a strong claw, that makes quick work of nutmeg.

On your mark, get set, cook! Everyone should start out in adulthood with a well-stocked pantry, and our Ready, Set, Go! set ($16) has the six herbs and spices no kitchen should do without: Kosher Salt, Ground Black Pepper, Premium Paprika, Granulated Garlic, Mediterranean Oregano, and Thymel Leaf. With these six basic ingredients, you can make spaghetti sauce, pizza, soup, burgers, or tacos, among many other recipes. Give the budding chef the tools they need to make every simple dish a big hit!

Double_Chocolate_treat_bagSay it with chocolate. One of our most popular gift items is our Double Chocolate gift bag: a gift set of our Cafe Blend Hot Chocolate, an Ethereal Confections chocolate bar, and some handmade vanilla bean marshmallows. At $12.50, this neat gift bag makes an excellent thank-you gift,  Secret Santa surprise, or thoughtful treat.

saltcellar1Not to be confused with something to do with your basement, a salt cellar is a container for holding and dispensing salt. The Laurelwoods salt cellar ($19.50) is beautifully crafted of oak and walnut, and comes stocked with 1/4 Cup of kosher salt.

Beef: it isn’t just what’s for dinner. It’s also the focus of attention of our Moo Seasoning Gift Box ($24). This set of four different seasoning blends covers a range of culinary traditions and flavors, from the Big Apple to Espresso, selected to make your beef recipes taste fantastic, whether you’re cooking on the grill, in the oven, or on the stove.

Bottom row, L to R:

OliveYouApronOn Dasher! On Dancer! On Comet and Spritzen! Okay, Santa doesn’t have a reindeer named Spritzen, but a little spritz of olive oil from our tabletop mister ($15) is the healthy way to add more flavor with less fat. Perfect for greasing pans and preventing food from sticking, browning meat. It is the first BPA-free, sterilizable glass mister with a patented filtering system. Infuse dried herbs or spices (or even chili peppers!) to create your own flavored oils to dress a salad or lightly glaze fresh bread.

Knock-knock. Who’s there? Olive. Olive who? An OLIVE YOU apron ($25). This apron makes a lovely – and loving – gift. Tell someone you really care for them: surprise them with a knee-length cotton apron that says, “OliveYou,” and hope they “OliveYou,” too.

Like the old Pillsbury Doughboy used to say, “Nothin’ says lovin’ like something from the oven,” and something from *your* oven is sure to say it best.  We’ve packed the BAKIN’ [Lovin’ from the oven] gift box with five staff-selected favorite baking ingredients, the most essential pieces in an experienced baker’s pantry. Not an old pro at baking? These ingredients are guaranteed to make anyone think you’re the real deal, even if you’re baking your first batch of cookies.

SwissMar_Swissy_SP_millThe slender Swissmar Swissy pepper or salt grinder ($25 each) is 8″ tall. Red acrylic on the outside, the grinder includes a ceramic grinder which the manufacturer says is harder than steel. It’s also odorless, rust- and corrosion-proof, with 10 year warranty. Mill can be used to grind pepper, salt, dry herbs and dry spices.

Oh, snap! This is not your grandma’s ginger snap! This triple-ginger delight is more like a soft, pillowy spice cookie heaven. The Triple Ginger Cookie kit ($12.50) contains all the ground spices you need to make this delicious treat.

Gourmet_CruetCruet to be kind. In the right measure. Our 100 ml (3.4 oz) gourmet cruet ($7) is a table-friendly decanter, a pretty container for your favorite olive oil, balsamic vinegar — or even an oil-and-vinegar dressing of your own creation! Has a no-drip lip to keep your tablecloth tidy, and cruet is dishwasher-safe.

¡Caliente! The whole range of the Scoville Scale takes up residence in our Caliente! [Some Like It Hot] ($25) gift box. From hot, to hotter, to “I’m going to stiill be feeling this in the morning” HOT, HOTTEST! In this box, there is something caliente for everyone. (Picky eaters, scaredy-cats, and children under age three not included). Add a touch – or a bunch – of heat to your favorite recipes.

All these nifty-gifties are in stock, and can be prettied-up with an AllSpice gift bag and seasonal tissue. Shopping for faraway friends and family? Yes, we can ship gifts for you!

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